Bryce Harper injury update: Phillies star suffers broken left thumb after being hit by Padres’ Blake Snell

Bryce Harper injury update: Phillies star suffers broken left thumb after being hit by Padres’ Blake Snell

Philadelphia Phillies slugger and reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper suffered a fractured left thumb Saturday night against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park (GameTracker). Harper took a 97mph fastball from Blake Snell in the hand and immediately left the game. The Phillies announced the fracture shortly after and said Harper would undergo additional testing in the coming days. They did not provide a timeline for his recovery.

Here is the video of the wandering pitch. Snell apologized and, although he was obviously in pain and understandably upset, Harper appeared to tell Snell that he knew he hadn’t intentionally hit him as he walked off the court.

Harper has been limited to DH duty most of the season by an elbow ligament injury. Nonetheless, he had a fantastic season and hit a .320/.385/.602 batting line with 21 doubles and 15 homers in Saturday’s game. He ranks seventh in baseball in added hits (37) and eighth in total bases (145). Simply put, Harper is irreplaceable.

“Things happen for a reason,” Harper told reporters, including MLB.com, after the game. “Everyone says that. That reason sucks right now, but at the same time it is what it is. I gotta be positive. I gotta be positive for the guys here. I know they’ll choose I’m just really disappointed for the organization, the guys, the city of Philadelphia, the fans. I love racing there and playing every day. Definitely disappointed.

Harper had one of the best seasons of his career, despite playing since mid-April with a UCL tear in his right arm. He was batting .318 with 15 homers, 48 ​​RBIs and a .984 OPS. He ranks fifth in the NL in batting average, sixth in on-base percentage (.385) and second in slugging percentage (.599).

The Phillies will place Harper on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday. Lehigh Valley triple-A outfielder Mickey Moniak will take his place on the roster. They hope he makes it in time for the series finale on Sunday.

“It’s a tough pill to swallow,” Phillies interim manager Rob Thomson said. “But they won’t cancel any games. We have to play.”

Thomson said the Phillies will alternate Harper’s DH role with Nick Castellanos, Kyle Schwarber and others. But every hitter will have to step up.

They know that.

“It’s devastating, to say the least,” Castellanos said. “He’s got an All-Star caliber year, MVP. Losing him for a while is too long. We’re all going to have to step up. Me, definitely included. To carry the weight that we’re going to miss, it has to be done.

“We’re where we are and we’ve won the games we have, and I still think there’s a better version of Rhys. [Hoskins]I think there is a better version of JT [Realmuto]. There’s a much better version of me. I think it’s only a matter of time before all of this appears. If they show up at the same time, baseball can become a lot of fun, very quickly.”

Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said the Braves won the World Series last year without Ronald Acuña Jr., who suffered a season-ending knee injury on July 10.

They finished the regular season 44-29. The Padres haven’t had Fernando Tatis Jr. this season. They are 45-29 years old.

Chase Utley broke his right hand on July 26, 2007. He returned on August 27. The Phillies went 15-13 without him.

“I mean, you just have to do it,” Dombrowski said. “You lose good players. Again, I don’t know how long he’s going to be out at this stage, but I hope he comes back at some point. We just have to carry on from now and make some our best work as we possibly can. We still have a lot of good hitters in the lineup.

It’s unclear if Dombrowski will try to make an outside move to bolster the formation. It’s too early to tell how Harper’s injury could alter the team’s plans for the Aug. 2 trade deadline.

“It just happened,” Dombrowski said. “We have to see how we play. I always hope we play well. We still have a good club.”

Harper fell to the ground as soon as the pitch touched him. It looked bad, and it was. Dombrowski and others thought it hit Harper’s face, which happened to him in April 2021 in St. Louis. Harper kind of walked away from that one with only a bruised forearm from the ricochet.

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“I wish it had hit me in the face,” Harper said. “I don’t break my facial bones. I can take 98 in the face, but I can’t take 97 in the thumb.”

Harper eventually gets up. He was shaking as he held his thumb. Frustrated, he yelled at Snell. The two have known each other for years. They texted each other during the game. Harper said they were fine.

“Obviously I felt bad hitting him,” Snell said. “We talked, we dealt with it. It was never anything. It’s just emotional. He plays with a lot of passion, and I can understand why he would be upset. I’m as upset as he is.”

Recovery time for some fractured thumbs appears to be four to six weeks. Reds receiver Tyler Stephenson fractured his right thumb earlier this month. Giants first baseman Brandon Belt suffered a broken thumb last September. Realmuto fractured his right thumb in February 2021.

Each received an estimated recovery of four to six weeks.

But again, Harper won’t know the severity of his fracture until next week.

“I never broke anything in my life,” he said. “It’s new to me. … It’s a disappointment.”

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003 and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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In the meantime, the Phillies believe Kyle Schwarber or Nick Castellanos will share DH duty with the more defensively capable Matt Vierling, who will see steadier playing time in the outfield. Mickey Moniak, the first pick in the 2016 draft, hits .279/.326/.558 in Triple-A and could take a look. Of course, the Phillies could make a trade depending on how long Harper’s recovery lasts.

Needless to say, losing Harper for an extended stretch is a devastating blow to a Phillies team trying to climb into the playoff mix. They are 15-6 since replacing manager Joe Girardi with bench coach Rob Thomson earlier this month. Among National League teams, only the Atlanta Braves (18-4) have a better record in the league during this period. Sportsline projects the Phillies’ odds of making the playoffs at 17.2% if Harper is sidelined for a month.

Even with the post-Girardi hot streak, the Phillies entered Saturday three games behind the third and final wildcard spot. The Phillies haven’t made the playoffs since 2011 and are in the longest playoff drought in the NL.

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